Movies/TV

NBC Universal Puts Chiller On Ice

Sad news, horror fans.  Deadline is reporting that NBC Universal has decided to axe Chiller, the horror-centric cable channel.  Viewers have until New Year’s Day to soak in all of the independent horror movies and Steve Niles’ Remains as they can, as the curtain will be dropped when the calendar turns to 2018.  In a bit of good news, however, there are no layoffs expected as network employees are expected to be reassigned to other NBC departments and projects.

Chiller debuted in 2007, and became a haven for independent and B-level horror films.  The network’s fan-base demanded original content in the early years, and NBC obliged in 2010 with Chiller 13: The Decade’s Scariest Movie Moments, a show featuring celebrities and genre icons discussing the best horror films from the early 2000’s.  In 2011 the network premiered its first original movie (Remains), and in 2016 they premiered their first original television series (Canadian horror anthology Slasher.)  Chiller also acquired the rights to several programs, both international (Afterlife) and domestic (Masters of Horror, Tales from the Crypt.)  Another highlight of the channel was its 2007 viewer contest titled “Dare 2 Direct Film Festival”, premiering on Halloween night 2007. read more

Fox Debuts Premiere Date and Poster Art for ‘The X-Files’ Season 11

Fans of Fox’s long-running series The X-Files are in for a treat: they’ll be watching new episodes in just a few short weeks! The network just announced that “Part two of The X-Files event series” (Season 11!) will premiere on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.

The new 10-episode run promises to answer some of the big questions that the first “event series” began to confront in early 2016. Chris Carter will continue to executive produce the series, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will return as their iconic characters, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. read more

‘The Strangers’ Sequel Gets First Official Trailer

Premiering Thursday, 11/16, Aviron Pictures has released the first official trailer for The Strangers: Prey at Night, the sequel to the 2008 cult horror film.

While in production hell for nine years, Prey at Night  began filming in June 2017 in Covington, Kentucky and concluded on July 10. It will finally be released on March 9, 2018. Johannes Roberts, known for his directorial work on 47 Meters Down, helmed the film.

The story follows a family on a road trip that takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. read more

Trailer Released for Monster-Mash Video Game Movie ‘Rampage’

The trailer for Brad Peyton’s video game adaptation of Rampage was released today and promises all of the building smashing you remember from Bally’s coin-operated hit.

The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Malin Akerman (The Watchmen), Jake Lacy (HBO’s Girls), and Joe Manganiello (True Blood).

In April, HNN reported on the plot details (as provided by SplashReport.com), stating that “Three canisters…crash land on Earth. One lands in the gorilla enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, the other in the plains of Wyoming and the last one in the Florida Everglades. The Griffin Technologies Group, headed by two siblings (Malin Akerman and Jake Lacy), tries to destroy any evidence of wrongdoing before the government finds out. It’s too late because the canisters have infected a gorilla named George, a wolf in Wyoming and an alligator. They start evolving and growing exponentially. To cover their track, the Griffin idiots decided to unleash a beacon that will make all three large animals head toward one destination: their head office located in the Willis Tower in Chicago.” read more

Teaser Trailer Arrives for ‘A Quiet Place’

Moments ago Paramount Pictures revealed the teaser trailer for the upcoming film A Quiet Place. While there is no official synopsis of the film just yet, the trailer provides us enough insight to let us know that the family is being hunted by something sinister in the woods. The footage shows a family living in terror as they must remain as quiet as possible. They walk on specific parts of the floor in hopes that the boards won’t creak; use sign language to communicate and even go to measures to ensure their board games do not make noise. read more

‘Train to Busan’ Director’s ‘Psychokinesis’ Grabbed by Netflix

Great news for fans of Yeon Sang-ho’s 2016 hit zombie film Train to Busan as media giant Netflix acquires the rights to his next film Psychokinesis. Last year’s Train to Busan was on many people’s “top horror films of the year” list so it comes as no surprise that his next film was snatched up quickly.

Written and directed by Yeon-Sang-ho, Psychokinesis is about a man who inadvertently acquires superpowers and uses them to help his daughter and others, but runs into trouble in the process. According to Variety, “Netflix announced a 2018 global outing for Psychokinesis. It did not provide any details of release schedules, but confirmed that [it will] receive theatrical releases in Korea.” read more

David Morrissey and Michael Cudlitz Discuss Their ‘Walking Dead’ Memories at Rhode Island Comic Con Panel

One positive aspect of dying on The Walking Dead is that you get to attend panels at conventions where you don’t have to worry about spoilers or speculation about your future character arc.  Because of this, Michael Cudlitz and David Morrissey seemed right at home discussing their involvement in the show and stories that fans may not have been privy to during their seasons on AMC’s flagship program at the annual Rhode Island Comic Con.

Many questions from the panel were asked directly by fans, and one subject that came up more than once was Abraham’s dramatic death at the hands of Negan. read more

Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’ Set for Big Screen Adaptation

With the success of horror movies and television programs featuring children as the main characters as of late, it is no wonder that Paramount is mining Nickelodeon’s 1990’s horror anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark? in hopes that it will capture the attention of nostalgic fans and teen viewers alike.

The Hollywood Reporter not only broke the news that the horror anthology for the pre-teen set was getting the greenlight, but that it would also be penned by a writer that is no stranger to horror in the form of It and Annabelle: Creation scribe Gary Dauberman. read more

‘IT’ Comes to Blu-ray/DVD on January 9, 2018

Those with coulrophobia take note, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced the Blu-ray/DVD release of IT is coming to stores on January 9, 2018.

Based on the 1986 Stephen King novel and starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown, IT delighted horror fans by being a worthy reboot of the 1990 classic. The film centers around a group of kids from the small town of Derry, Maine facing off against a supernatural creature who takes the shape of a sinister clown.

As Horror News Network’s John Evans reported, 2017 has become the highest grossing year ever for horror movies. With a budget of only $35 million, It currently has grossed $683.5 million and it is still being shown in many theaters. read more

‘Morbius, the Living Vampire’ Adaptation Gets Screenwriters

The cinematic universe from Sony Pictures is now getting a lot bigger (and darker) with news coming from The Hollywood Reporter that a Morbius, The Living Vampire spin-off film is being developed and already has its screenwriters; Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama who worked on Power Rangers released in March of this year.

With the new Venom film starring Tom Hardy already in production, Sony Pictures brought on the screenwriters who wrote the script and submitted it to the studio after a secret development process. The duo are represented by ICM Partners. read more